Freelance Tech Journalist / Technical Writer, Engineering Consultant

Jeremy Cook Consulting

Jeremy Cook is a freelance tech journalist and engineering consultant with over 10 years of factory automation experience. An avid maker and experimenter, you can follow him on Twitter, or see his electromechanical exploits on the Jeremy S. Cook YouTube Channel!

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For the Professional Maker: World Maker Faire New York 2018 - Blog

October 05, 2018

This September I had the pleasure of attending the World Maker Faire in New York, where a wide variety of people, robots, and equipment come together to show off what they do and have made.

Analog & Power

Hands-On with the Easy Driver Stepper Motor Control Board - Blog

September 24, 2018

When working with dev boards, such as those made by Arduino and the like, working with hobby style servos is quite straightforward.


For the Professional Maker: Striking Out on Your Own: 2 Years In - Blog

September 05, 2018

While I won?t go into specifics, on average I?ve been able to make what I consider a reasonable living writing about technology as well as the occasional engineering/DIY project. The key is average.


For the Professional Maker: 3D-Printing, Ready for Your Prototyping Needs - Blog

August 23, 2018

As an engineer who graduated knowing how to use a mill and lathe, I?ve mostly viewed this technology as a curiosity with potential to be an amazing tool sometime far in the future.

Software & OS

For the Professional Maker: Zelda themed heart lights up via Twitter and IFTTT - Blog

August 09, 2018

I decided to make an 8-bit themed heart container from Zelda that people can switch on or off via Twitter.


For the Professional Maker: Python for physical computing applications - Blog

July 20, 2018

Interestingly, the basics of router ?G-code? isn?t that complicated, simply telling your cutting head to move from one place to another. In fact, it?s possible?and very tedious?to write it by hand.

Networking & 5G

For the Professional Maker: Wireless Bluetooth control and programming for your next Arduino project - Blog

July 13, 2018

Inexpensive Bluetooth serial modules can accomplish serial control and feedback wirelessly, or even program it without a physical connection.


For the Professional Maker: Rocket launcher Strandbeest - Blog

June 28, 2018

As I write this, the Fourth of July is coming up, a time when Americans are encouraged to light and observe pyrotechnic devices in abundance.


For the Professional Maker: Hands-on with the Pixy2 vision system - Blog

June 15, 2018

While you undoubtedly have some familiarity with computer vision, normally these systems come packaged as either an expensive industrial setup.


For the Professional Maker: What you need to know about going to production with a Raspberry-Pi-based design - Blog

June 01, 2018

So you?ve been experimenting with the Raspberry Pi single-board computer for years, and you've finally come up with an application that others would be willing to pay for.


For the Professional Maker: Hands-on with the Lattice Modular Embedded Vision Development Kit - Story

May 25, 2018

Machine vision has been around in practical terms since the early 1980s, with experiments in this technology dating back even earlier. In the beginning, even reading a single letter took many seconds.


For the Professional Maker: Raspberry Pi helps create a cottage industry of DIY game systems - Story

April 26, 2018

If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you were likely amazed when devices like the Nintendo Game Boy and Sega Game Gear came onto the scene, enabling you to play versions of Mario or Sonic on the go.

Analog & Power

Camera slider controls upgrade yields valuable prototyping lessons - Story

April 11, 2018

One thing I?ve enjoyed integrating into videos are physically panning shots, taken with a slider. My setup worked well, but the controls were extremely poor.


For the Professional Maker: Hands-on with the OSD3358-SM-RED single-board computer - Story

April 03, 2018

These devices cram up to a 1 GHz processor, ADC, Ethernet capabilities, and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM into an enclosure the size of a nickel.

Open Source

For the Professional Maker: Raspberry Pi 3 B+ boosts the Pi 3?s processing and communication capabilities - Product

March 20, 2018

This year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has stepped its game up with the Pi Model B+.


For the Professional Maker: Use stepper motors in your next Arduino MakerPro project - Blog

March 02, 2018

When using an Arduino board, DC motors and hobby servos are relatively easy to control, but stepper motors require a bit more electronic fiddling to get working correctly.


For the Professional Maker: Choose the right motor type for your build - Blog

February 19, 2018

When working with MCUs and the like, blinking lights and OLED outputs are fun, but to create something that actually moves, your first choice will normally be a DC motor.


For the Professional Maker: Sensor options for MCUs - Product

February 01, 2018

While Arduino boards and the like can respond to serial inputs from a computer, to really take advantage of MCUs and their associated development boards, you need an array of sensors.


For the Professional Maker: Extra hardware needed to get started with the Raspberry Pi Zero - Blog

January 24, 2018

First off, the Pi Zero doesn?t use a standard HDMI connector, or even RCA-style outputs, but needs a mini-HDMI cable.

Open Source

For the Professional Maker: Simple device-to-device communication with the NRF24L01+ module - Other

December 29, 2017

While the NRF24L01+'s range is limited to 100 meters or less line-of-sight, it?s perfect for simple remote control and data transmission applications.

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